RSPB Wildlife Photography – Avocet Cruise

Are you an experienced amateur wildlife photographer who would jump at the chance to photograph Exe Estuary wildlife from the vantage point of a stationary boat?

We are running a special cruise to allow for those ‘once in a lifetime’ shots. Your RSPB on-board wildlife guide, Jo King, will point out species such as black-tailed godwits, dunlins, golden plovers – and of course – avocets; liaising with the skipper to stop the boat for fantastic photo opportunities. This is a great opportunity to get up close with some stunning wildlife!

Booking essential. The cruise will last for 1.5 hours

Trout’s Boatyard, Topsham departure date and time: (prompt departure due to tide constraints)

  • Sunday 15 January 2018 – 11.45 am

RSPB Prices

  • Adult Member – £30
  • Adult Non-Member – £35

Numbers on board are strictly limited to 12 participants – allowing excellent vantage points and plenty of room for tripods etc.

We advise that you wear layers on board as it can be very cold during the winter months. Please also bring all camera equipment with you. We recommend you use a minimum 300mm lens for best results, though you’ll still get some great shots whatever camera you use!

Please note that dogs are not permitted on board, apart from Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs.

How to Apply

Departure point:
Trout’s Boatyard, Ferry Road, Topsham is situated between the Lighter Inn, on the Town Quay and St Margaret’s Church steps. Topsham is easily accessible by bus, rail, bicycle or car.

BY BUS: Number 57 (Exeter/Exmouth service) to Georgian Tea Rooms (start of High St). ‘T’ bus (Exeter/Topsham service) stops at The Quay.

BY RAIL: Frequent service on the Exeter St Davids/Exeter Central/Exmouth route. 15 min walk from Topsham Station to Trout’s Boatyard.

BY BICYCLE: Exe Estuary Trail is part of National Cycle Network Route 2. (some on-road cycling).

BY CAR: Leave the M5 at J30, follow A376 to Topsham. There are two pay and display car parks: Holman Way car park has 75 spaces, The Quay car park has 24 spaces. Please allow time to find alternative parking as these car parks fill up very quickly.



Please mention when enquiring about this event!

Key Information


£30 - £35




Environment, Fundraising, Nature & Wildlife


Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

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